The Silo Series was created to promote the sharing of the written and spoken word among an already existing and thriving arts community.

All events are by $5 suggested donation and open to all.

Readings take place roughly every two months.

A Virtual Word Barn Evening with author Cary Einhaus
Wednesday, April 28, 7:30pm

Are you drawn to genres such as historical fiction, Bildungsroman, mystery, and romance? If so, this reading could be for you!

Join The Word Barn Silo Series online as we celebrate Cary Einhaus’ first novel, The Centurion’s Boy.

A native Midwesterner, R. Cary Einhaus earned an M.A. from Middlebury’s Bread Loaf School of English, and has served on the faculty at Phillips Exeter for the past twenty-four years. Much of his professional career centers on writing: coaching student writers as both a college counselor and a part-time English teacher, as well as composing college recommendation letters for Exeter seniors.  Cary’s first personal essay was published in Exeter’s A Book of Meditations, Volume 2; other essays can be found at his website  The Centurion’s Boy is Cary’s first novel.

A zoom link and password will be on your electronic ticket. $5 suggestion donation. (Donation box will appear after selecting ticket and clicking Checkout).



Five Years of Word (Barn): An Open-Air Reading
Saturday, August 22, 2020 7:30pm

Join us in our Word Barn Meadow to celebrate the 5th birthday of The Silo Series / The Word Barn.

For this reading, we will gather – spread out and distanced in our meadow – to listen to the poems & stories of six writers – four of whom originally read and helped launch the very first Silo Series reading in 2015.

You’ll hear the words of poets Jessica Purdy, Matt W. Miller, Todd Hearon, Lily Greenberg, Maggie Dietz, & Rhosalyn Williams, & Fiction Writer Tim Horvath. (Each writer will read for 5-10 minutes).

Because capacity for this open-air event is limited, we ask that you register for the event using the link below to secure your spot.

“Doors” at 7pm, reading at 7:30pm. Bring your own chairs/blankets.

The day before the event, you will receive an email outlining all safety protocol and giving you any other information you will need for this open-air, limited-capacity, masked & distanced event.

We look forward to seeing you in our meadow for this end-of-summer celebration of poetry & fiction!

Stay well.



A Virtual Silo Series Reading: Jen Onken, Nancy Krygowski, Sarah Anderson & Guy Capecelatro III
Sunday, July 19, 7pm

The Silo Series is pleased to present four writers in a virtual fashion

Zoom link:

Suggested donations: Vemno – thewordbarn
*proceeds go to the writers

Nancy Krygowski is the author of Velocity, winner of the 2006 Agnes Lynch Starrett prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press. She is an ESOL instructor at a non-profit and also teaches in Carlow University’s Madwomen in the Attic writing workshops.

Jen Ryan Onken lives and teaches in southern Maine. Recent poems have appeared on Maine Public Radio, and in Harbor Review, DeLuge, and Love’s Executive Order. In 2019 she was finalist for the Washburn Prize and won the Maine Poet’s Society prize for previously unpublished poets. Jen recently completed her MFA from Warren Wilson College.

Guy Capecelatro III is the author of the books Some Women and Cape Breton Poems. His work has appeared in The Quarterly, Quarterly West, Story Quarterly, The Hawaii Review, The Square, The Wire, Dasein, Utter, The Penguin Review, Spotlight Magazine, Hi-Fi Magazine, Rollerderby, Multi-Ball, Mono, Aegis, Boston Rock and Tray-Full of Lab Mice Productions. For four years he was the editor of the ‘zine Two-Ton Santa.

Sarah Anderson holds an MFA in poetry from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers. She has been teaching English for 16 years, and currently teaches in southern Maine. With her husband, she owns and operates The Word Barn in Exeter, NH, a gathering space for literary and musical events, where she runs a reading series (The Silo Series) as well as various creative writing workshops.

In Like a Lion: The Silo Series presents Theresa Monteiro, Sally Ball, & Noah Burton
Sunday, March 8, 4pm

Theresa Monteiro is a second year MFA student at the University of New Hampshire studying poetry. She is also the recipient of the 2019 Dick Shea Memorial Award for Poetry. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and six children.

Sally Ball is the author of HOLD SWAY, WRECK ME, and ANNUS MIRABILIS, all from Barrow Street. She’s an associate professor of English at Arizona State University and an associate director for Four Way Books. She also teaches in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. Her long poem HOLD has been made into a large-format artist’s book by the award-winning Czech gravurist Jan Vičar (2018) and exhibited internationally.

Noah Burton is the author of the poetry collections, Look Out Animal (Vegetarian Alcoholic Press, 2018) and Clothesline Saga (forthcoming Vegetarian Alcoholic Press, 2020). He is a woodworker), a barista, and a member of the Salisbury, MA based band, Lightsleeper.

Doors will open at 3:30 pm.
$5 suggested donation
beer/wine/cider (suggested donation)
complimentary coffee & delicious sweet treats
made by Jen Evans 


A Midwinter Night’s Dream
Storytellers & Snacks – SOLD OUT
Thursday, January 16, 2020
7-9 pm

A benefit for the Exeter LitFest featuring Debbie Kane, Jack Herney, Rob Richards, Barbara Rimkunas, Molly Simmons, and Pat Spaulding.

These first-person winter themed stories will be similar to the style heard in the Moth – all emceed by Lisa Bunker.

Ticket includes show & snacks. Beer, cider & wine available by suggested donation. Post-show mingle with authors and storytellers.

The Exeter LitFest, held for the first time in 2019, recently received approval as a 501c-3 non-profit organization with the intention of making the festival an annual event. January’s event will benefit the newly formed non-profit to help offset costs of the Second Annual Exeter LitFest slated for April 3 and 4 of 2020. The inaugural festival in April of 2019 included a keynote by Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown, as well as events with Joe Hill, Brendan Dubois, and NH Teen Poet Laureate Cate Dixon.

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Holiday Family Story Hour
Thursday, December 19, 2019 – SOLD OUT
6 pm

Come get in the holiday spirit for an hour of stories at The Word Barn on December 19!

Enjoy delicious cookies, hot cocoa, eggnog and rum (for us adults), Enna Chocolate treats & an assortment of favorite holiday stories read by John Herman, Andrew Periale, Bonnie Meier Periale, Miles Burns, and Chris Hislop (as Santa).

Bring your kids in their pjs (if you’d like)

All ages are welcome!

$7 per person/ $23 per family – SOLD OUT
This event sells out. Pre-registration needed (register here).

McKee, Steinorth, & Erlichman
Friday, Oct 11, 2019
7 pm

L.S. McKee’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Narrative, Massachusetts Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Crazyhorse, and elsewhere. Originally from the mountains of East Tennessee, she now lives in Boston and teaches writing and communication across disciplines at MIT.

Jennifer Sperry Steinorth is a poet, educator, interdisciplinary artist, and licensed builder. Her poetry has appeared in Alaska Quarterly, Beloit Poetry Journal, The Colorado Review, and elsewhere. Her brand new (first full-length) book is A Wake with Nine Shades.

Shira Erlichman is a poet, musician, and visual artist. She was born in Israel and immigrated to the US when she was six. Her poems explore recovery –– of language, of home, of mind –– and value the “scattered wholeness” of healing. Her debut poetry book, Odes to Lithium, came out in September 2019.

$5 suggested donation
treats/coffee (complimentary)
beer/wine/cider (by donation)

September Voices: Poets Laura Foley & April Ossmann
Sunday, Sept 22, 2019
4 pm

On Sunday, September 22, at 4:00 pm, please come to The Word Barn to hear these two fine poets read their work as part of the Silo Series!

April Ossmann is the author of Event Boundaries and Anxious Music (Four Way Books), recipient of a Vermont Arts Council Creation Grant, and former executive director of Alice James Books. She is an independent editor (poetry, essays, reviews):; and a faculty editor for the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing Program at Sierra Nevada College.

Laura Foley is the author of seven poetry collections, variously honored with the Foreword Book of the Year Award (Silver), finalist for the NH Writer’s Project’s Outstanding Book of Poetry, and the Bisexual Writer’s Award. Her most recent book, Why I Never Finished My Dissertation, received a Starred Review from Kirkus Reviews.

A September Reading
Sunday, Sept 8, 2019
5 pm

Come to The Word Barn on Sunday, September 8 to experience these three voices:

Ben Moeller-Gaa is the author of three haiku chapbooks, and his haiku have appeared in over 50 journals and over 30 anthologies worldwide.

William O’Daly has translated eight books of the late-career and posthumous poetry of Chilean Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda, and most recently Neruda’s first volume, Book of Twilight — all published by Copper Canyon Press.

JS Graustein, is an ecologist by training, a poet by practice, and a publisher by accident. She is the calligrapher of numerous haiku collections, and she runs Folded Word, a Meredith-based publisher of ecoliterature.

Finley and Schraffenberger
Friday, July  12, 2019

Join us in The Word Barn for these four voices:

J.D. Schraffenberger is editor of the North American Review and Professor of English at the University of Northern Iowa. He is the author of two books of poems, Saint Joe’s Passion and The Waxen Poor. He is the winner of the Seattle Review Poetry Prize, the Birmingham Poetry Review Collins Prize, and the Arkana Nonfiction Contest. His other work has appeared in Best Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, Mid-American Review, Notre Dame Review, Poetry East, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. 

Adrianne Finlay’s debut novel, Your One And Only, was a Hal Clement Notable Young Adult Book and was selected by Kirkus as a Best YA Science Fiction of 2018 as well as a Best Young Adult Book of 2018. She received her PhD in literature and creative writing from Binghamton University. Originally from Ithaca, New York, she now lives in Iowa with her husband and their two young daughters. She is an associate professor of English and the Program Director of Creative Writing at Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa. Her work has appeared in Paterson Literary Review, New Linear Perspectives, the Journal of Popular Culture, and elsewhere. When she’s not writing, reading, or grading, she’s making soap to sell locally, raising money for type 1 diabetes research.

Past readers have included:

Maggie Dietz, Tim Horvath, David Rivard, Chard DeNiord, Paul Yoon, Matt Miller, Mark Decarteret, Jessica Purdy, Jayne Benjulian, Todd Hearon, S Stephanie,  Jim Rioux, Andrew Periale, Katherine Towler, Ralph Sneeden, Andrew Mitchell, Sue Repko, Peter Anderson, Hope Jordan, Jenny Johnson, Erica Plouffe Lazure, Beth Ann Miller, Megan Leonard, William Stratton, Cynthia Huntington, Clark Knowles, Mike Nelson, Lauren Mb Vermette, Kathleen Clancy, Nancy Jean Hill, Jerome Daly, Kristen Ringman, Alice B Fogel, Ella McGrail, Michael McInnis, Meg Day, David Moloney, Michael Brosnan, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Lee Ann Dalton, Tom Simpson, Adrian Shirk, Mercy Carbonell, Baron Wormser, Cyndle Plaisted Rials, Kate Hanson Foster, Mimi White, Jim Rioux, Mary Saliba, Jon Lemay, Shira Dentz, Joan Houlihan, Martha Collins, Rebecca Hennessy, Sherri Flick, Jill McDonough, Brian Evans-Jones, Alicia Jo Rabins, Nathan McClain, Gwen E. Kirby, Chelsea Woodard, Anders Carlson-Wee, Cassandra Cleghorn, Jeffrey Levine, Ilya Kaminsky, and Guy Capecelatro III.